SrishtiSandhan project for the Financially Challenged using Classroom Model, Kolkata, West Bengal
Shristisandhan is an edu-cultural endeavor from some well-meaning individuals of Kolkata. It provides a platform for local financially challenged children to study, play games and pursue cultural activities. Partnering with it Abheda has been teaching 25 students Abheda English since February 2016. We have funded and set up the necessary instruments for teaching. One our Abheda member volunteers to teach there. Progress is generally slow as ability and concentration level is compromised in most, but a few students have learnt to some extent.
Open Classroom Project for the underprivileged at Hooghly, West Bengal
Shri Gopenda Chattopdhyay is a man of strict principles and a follower of Swami Vivekananda’s ideology. As part of his rural development activities he rears up children of his picturesque village Ilchhoba situated in Hooghly district of West Bengal. His thrust is on education. Collaborating with him Abheda has funded tablets for this unique project for local underprivileged children. The uniqueness of it lies in the environment in which classes take place – it’s open air. Though early days, signs are ominous that under tutelage of an able teacher the project will succeed.
Prachesta Project for slum dwellers using Classroom Model, Kolkata, West Bengal
In Kolkata, Prachesta is an NGO working for slum dwellers of Salt Lake area. They teach syllabus based subjects to students apart from running vocational training centres for them. For students class V to VIII here Abheda has taken an initiative to teach Abheda English as we have set up the environment for that by donating tablets for them. Classes have begun with enthusiasm in July 2016 and students have shown early signs of learning through Abheda English. Here both Bengali and Hindi versions of Abheda English are used to a good effect.
Nayantara Project for Tribal Students using Classroom Model, Birbhum, West Bengal
Nayantara Memorial Charitable Trust, NMCT (www.nayantaratrust.com) works amongst a very disadvantaged section of the society, tribal children of Birbhum. The place of their work concerns 14 adjacent tribal villages of Chaupahari jungle in Illamnazar block of Birbhum district. In this project partnering with NMCT Abheda Foundation focuses to uplift English skill for these children in a year or two through Abheda English. Nayantara Project has been started in September 2016 using classroom model in two already existing coaching centres. As the concerned students are first generation learners and have no or little guidance at home, Abheda has decided to administer contents more gradually than usual. Another initial insight is that the tribal children having mother tongue Santhali (Ol Chiki) are facing difficulty in owning Bengali as teaching medium.